The Volkswagen Touareg was recently refreshed for the 2015 model year. But, to stay relevant in the premium Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle segment in the U.S., Volkswagen is tweaking a few equipment options for 2016.
For 2016, the entire Touareg line up sees a price reduction of roughly $2,000. The base 2016 Volkswagen Touareg now carries a price tag of $42,705 or $2,090 less than the 2015 model. Also for 2016, the slow selling Touareg Hybrid is discontinued.
The 2016 Touareg LUX trim now features a 14-way power adjustable and ventilated front seats.
The Touareg Executive trim also receives the 14-way adjustable and ventilated front seats, but also gets power adjustable steering column, forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.
21-inch alloy wheels are available as an option on both the LUX and Executive trim levels. The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg Sport with technology package now includes the park distance control as part of The Driver Assistance Package.
So, what happened to the Touareg Hybrid? When the Touareg Hybrid debuted in 2011, it combined a supercharged 3.0 L V6 with an electric motor, which was embedded in the transmission, and achieved 20 mpg in city and 24 mpg on the highway.
In comparison to the gasoline and the diesel-powered Touareg, the Hybrid’s city mpg ratings was slightly higher than both the models. However, the highway mpg ratings were marginally higher than the gasoline version, but 4 mpg lower than the diesel version.
Also, when compared to the gas and diesel-powered Volkswagen Touareg, the Hybrid commanded a premium of $22,290 and $14,750 respectively. Even though the performance of the Touareg Hybrid was satisfying, its premium price tag and marginal fuel efficiency gain were not justifiable.
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